Neighbors Magazine May 2022

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When you practice counting your blessings, you will be amazed how many there are. As you are riding on the bus, or walking through the zoo, or shopping fo f r groceries, there are countless blessings that are in fu f ll view fo f r you to recognize and acknowledge. Catherine Pulsife f r, Too Blessed to Be Stressed

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W ke Up. The week befo Wa f re every issue goes to the printer gets really intense, mainly because there’s no graphic designer to come up with clever ads, no editorial staff f to weed through all the submissions and no pre-press department to handle the tedious typesetting. Those are my jobs and I’m not complaining. But as the deadline looms, it’s like solitary confi f nement with only Dunkin iced coff ffee and Advil breaks while work r ing almost around the clock befo f re everything becomes a blur. When I fi f nally crawled into bed in the early-morning hours of April 23, I knew I had to be in Schiller Park r in the morning. It wasn’t mandatory but I really wanted to be at the Little League Opening Day ceremony. When my alarm went off f just a fe f w hours later, my fi f rst thought was “I’ll never make it, I’m too tired.” I had a Ne N ighbors hangover that I wasn’t sure Dunkin, Advil, a hot shower or a lidocaine back patch fr f om sitting in fr f ont of the computer too long could fi f x. Maybe I’ll just roll over, pull the blanket over my head fo f r a fe f w more hours. No one will even notice that I didn’t show. As I pulled up to Shelton Field, sirens around the corner meant the parade was just arriving. I wasn’t there to watch any of the games. I was intent on meeting the two special guests: Leo DiFazio, age 2, would throw out the fi f rst pitch and Jacob Corona, age 10, would be behind the plate fo f r the ceremonial start of the season. Meeting these two boys exceeded all expectations. I knew their heartbreaking stories, their brushes with death—their ordinary childhoods eclipsed by extraordinary pain and suff ffering. Meeting them in person, shaking their little hands, looking into their tired but hopefu f l eyes was life f -changing fo f r me. Leo was one of the youngest and worst cases of COVID that Loyola Medicine staff f had ever seen; Jacob has been battling leukemia since kindergarten. Despite the agony of their lives, the parents of these boys embrace what most people can’t seem to grasp: count your blessings. In the sunshine, on the ball fi f eld, unchained to monitors and IVs, fr f ee fr f om ventilators and platelet infu f sions, little Leo and Jacob were “in fu f ll view” fo f r all of us to recognize and acknowledge— and to help us prioritize what’s truly important. Leo’s fa f ther, Dominic DiFazio, a selff confe f ssed “puddle of tears” since last August, shared with me that, right aft f er Leo came home fr f om the hospital, the basement of their home fl f ooded. All of Leo’s toys were ruined, nearly everything had to be thrown in the garbage. “At any other time in my life f , this would’ve been a real big problem,” Dominic refl f ected. “What we’ve been through puts everything in perspective. We W have so many blessings—our fa f milies, fr f iends, neighbors. And every time we get to do something happy and fu f n like this, something we came so close to never doing, it’s another blessing.” Jacob’s mother, Linda, is equally gratefu f l, despite the living hell she’s been through. “I am very happy to be the mother of this warrior—thank you God fo f r everything I have received fr f om you,” she said. I have spent so many days stressing over trivial things, matters that are out of my control. On April 23, had I rolled over and gone back to sleep I would’ve missed three real wake up calls—to be gratefu f l f r what I have and fo fo f r what I don’t have; a reminder that fr f eedom isn’t fr f ee—U.S. Army Pvt. Randy Shelton was killed during the war in Iraq. The ball fi f eld where he played as a boy now bears his name. T ke a moment this month to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifi Ta f ce to preserve one of our greatest blessings...liberty. And lastly, that strong, loving mothers who prevail through hardship, especially moms who do double duty, are nothing short of a gift f fr f om God. Tr T ust me, I know. Count your blessings, neighbors.


PIcK UP A cOPY AT ONE Of THESE LOcATIONS Bellwood n Bellwood Public Library n Mickey’s Drive-In n Gioacchino’s Ristorante n Bellwood Village Hall n Currency Exchange on Mannheim n Center at Stevenson Park Berkeley n Republic Bank n JK Restaurant n Berkeley Village Hall and Library n Torres Fresh Market Berwyn n Lucky Dog on Harlem Avenue Broadview n Broadview Village Hall n Chicken Shack on Roosevelt n Broadview Family Restaurant n Lucky Dog on Cermak n Dunkin Donuts on Roosevelt elmhurst n NEW Harlo Grill #2 n Silverado Grill n Lezza Spumoni & Desserts n Elmhurst Metra Station elmwood Park n NEW Judy’s Gaming Cafe n Armand’s Pizzeria on North Ave. n Russell’s BBQ n Elmwood Park Village Hall n Elmwood Park Public Library n Elmwood Park Recreation Center Forest Park n Charlie’s Restaurant on Roosevelt n Kribi Coffee Air Roasters n Harvest 365 n Ed’s Foods n Starship Restaurant Franklin Park n David’s Mexican Grill n Pet Paradise Supermarket n Yadi’s Grill, 25th and Grand n Franklin Park Metra Station n Lulu Belle’s Pancake House n Al and Joe’s Deli n American Legion Post #974 n Smart Wash Laundromat n Franklin Park Public Library n Park District of Franklin Park n Franklin Park Village Hall n Leyden Community Center hillside n Eisenhower Park n Hillside Village Hall n Russo’s Chapels n Q’s Restaurant & Pizza n Hillside Public Library maywood n NEW Stairway of the Stars n Poor Boy, 1st & Roosevelt n Maywood Village Hall n Maywood Public Library melrose Park n Melrose Park Village Hall n Melrose Park Senior Center

melrose Park, continued n NEW Sahara Home Care on North Avenue n NEW Dave’s Hot Chicken n Westlake Urgent Care on Lake Street n Johnnie’s Grill on Lake Street n Rube’s Garage Fitness on Ruby n Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel n Tony’s Finer Foods on Mannheim n Bets on Broadway n Dunk Donuts on Lake Street n Lucky Dog on Lake Street n Melrose Park Public Library n Sacred Heart Church n Harlo Grill #1 on North Avenue n Café 23, 23rd and Lake Street n Veterans Park District Leoni Complex n 7-11 on Broadway n PNC Bank, Winston Plaza n Scudiero’s Bakery & Deli n Pan American Bank n Melrose Currency on Broadway n St. Paul Lutheran Resale Shop n IHOP in Winston Plaza northlake n Cuomo To Go n Grant Park Recreation Center n Northlake Public Library north riverside n NEW Coming Soon! n Catie’s Place Gaming Cafe n North Riverside Village Commons n North Riverside Public Library oak Park n Potbelly’s n Byline Bank n Rush Oak Park Hospital river Forest n Yolk Restaurant on North Avenue n River Forest Chocolates n River Forest Library river Grove n Quasthoff’s Florist n Catie’s Place Gaming Cafe n Triton College n Rich’s Fresh Market n Dunkin’ Donuts: River and Grand n Dunkin’ Donuts near 1st and Belmont n Bargains in a Box n Blondie’s Diner n River Grove Public Library n River Grove Village Hall n River Park Moose Lodge schiller Park n Al & Andy’s Restaurant n Marathon Station, 25th & Irving n Gambino’s Fresh Market, 25th Avenue stone Park n Stone Park Village Hall n Firehouse Subs n Shwings Shrimp & Wings westchester n NEW Westchester Food Pantry n Westchester Village Hall WATCH FOR NEW LOCATIONS COMING SOON

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Remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice: May 30 On August 19, 1990, the Hillside Veterans Memorial was proclaimed a perpetual “Time to Remember” monument to those honored dead to who our nation owes a debt beyond payment. Join the Annual Memorial Day Observance on Monday, May 30th, Noon at the Veterans Memorial, Hillside and Washington Avenues in the Hillside Commons, with the members of the Broadview/Hillside American Legion Post #626—honor and remember those we can thank for our freedom. For more information about this event, call (708) 449-6450.


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“Today we have two warriors with us, one to throw out the first pitch and one to catch the first pitch of the season.” Rocco Pretzie Schiller Pa P rk Baseball/ Softfball Commissioner

SHELTON Ball field Named fofr a

LOcAL HERO Known as Ke K nnedy Field for decades, hearing the national anthemplay a ed at Shelton Field takes on a whole newmeaning.The field was renamed in 2017 to honor U.S. Army Pvt. Randy Shelton, killed by an improvised explosive device that hit his Humvee in Iraq in 2007. Since Randy spent countless hours play a ing baseball on Ke K nnedy field as a young boy, y the late Mike Caffero, a friend of Randy’s father, led the charge to rededicate the field. “My goal was to remember Randy forever,” Caffero said.

Field of Dreams

Opening Day a at Shelton: Baseball and Brav a ery on Display a a story by Tina Valentino

Just about every parent is proud and excited to see their child run out to the field wearing a little league jersey, y learning the fundamentals of the game and being part of America’s favorite pastime. But for Jacob Corona’s mother,r Linda, and Leo DiFazio’s mother and father,r Ashley and Dominic, it was nothing short of euphoria at Schiller Park’s Youth Baseball and Softball Opening Day ceremony at Shelton Field. With young players lined up around the bases and the Legion Honor Guard in the outfield, Commissioner Rocco Pretzie introduced two special guests—one would throw out the first pitch and one would make the catch to kick off the season. “Today we have two warriors with us,” Pretzie began. “Born nine weeks early, y Leo spent months in the hospital trying to get strong enough to go

home—which he did at the same time the lockdown started. Leo got COVID and things looked very grim. In fact, it looked like his days were numbered but he fought like a lion and he’s here to throw out the first strike of the season.” Leo earned the nickname “Leo the Lion” during his stay in Loyola Medical Center’s NICU after being born just two pounds, seven ounces on January 26, 2020. “He gave us a scare when he was born,” said Dominic DiFazio but nothing was more terrify f ing than the day Leo was intubated to put him on a ventilator after he contracted COVID. “As he got worse and worse, it was tough for all of us to see with him being the youngest and sickest we’ve seen with COVID,” reflected Alaina Clark, RN, Pediatric Care Specialist in the video “Loyola Medicine Helps Toddler Survive COVID.” story continues on page 8

Pictured, back row, left f to right, As A hley DiFazio, Rocco Pretzie, Leyd y en Township Superv r isor Rocco Biscaglio, State Senator Robert r Mart rtwick, Schiller Park Mayo y r Nick Caiafa, (f ( ront) t Dominic with Leo DiFazio and Jacob Corona.

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After two months at Loyola (top left) followed by rehab at Marianjoy, y Leo continues to recover with a feeding tube, speech therapy, y physical therapy, y occupational therapy and lots of love and support from family, y friends and Dominic’s extended family at the Melrose Park Fire Department. “It was a perfect day. Every time we get to do something we thought we would never get to do we get emotional,” said Dominic. “We came so close to not being able to enjoy days like that.” For Jacob Corona and his mother Linda, being in the sunshine at Shelton Field is a miracle. “It was an honor and thanks to everyone at the Village of Schiller Park. We are grateful to all of you, God bless you always, Jacob loves you,” said Linda, who has shared their journey publicly on the Jacob Strong-Jacob Corona Facebook page, followed by more than 2,000 people who support the mom and son with thoughts, prayers, donations, meals and gifts whenever possible. Jacob was a 6-year old kindergarten student at St. Maria Goretti School in Schiller Park when he was diagnosed with childhood leukemia. Now 10, Jacob has spent the past four years in and out of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, getting treatments, transfusions, even stem cells to fight the cancer that nearly took his life two years ago. “The doctor had already told us that Jacob had one day left to live, that they believed he would not live through the night and they had already removed all his medications. They took photos of us (top right) to have memories. The priest said only a miracle would save him. They put a blue butterfly on his room that signified he was going to go,” as Linda recalled some of the worst moments. Today, y Jacob is a proud altar server at St.Gertrude Church, attends West 40 Remote School, loves Legos, plays with his best friend David, his liver and kidneys are improving and he is responding well to treatment. “God is good for watching over these sweet boys,” said Schiller Park Village Trustee Te T rri Sheridan. “Jacob is really such a big part of our town, our police and fire department have been proud to escort him home and cheer him on. It was a day to honor our hometown heroes and we were all excited to meet Leo DiFazio and welcome him to Shelton Field. Many thanks to Rocco Pretzie, the Recreation staff and everyone who comes together to make ordinary days extraordinary days.”

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Melrose Park Mayor Ron Serpico officially opened Sam’s Batting Cages at 1425 N. 1st Avenue in Melrose Park last month, flanked by members of the Melrose Park Little League and the Melrose Park Chamber of Commerce and Community Development. Sam’s offers batting cages with a wide range of speeds, softball cages for fast pitch and slow pitch as well as an arcade and concessions. Gift cards are also available for graduates, father’s day or any occasion. Spring season hours are Tuesday through Friday, y 4 to 9 pm; Saturday, y 10 am to 10 pm; Sunday, y 10 am to 8 pm. For more information, follow Sam’s on Facebook and Tw T itter,r visit www.samsbatting.com or call 708-223-8461.

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While Woodlake Occupational Health, located at 1111 Superior Street, Suite #506 in Melrose Park, opened its doors on January 18 near the landmark known as Westlake Hospital, Melrose Park Mayor Ron Serpico will officiate at a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house will take place on Tuesday, y May 3 for the business community. The newly-renovated space aims to provide a positive patient experience, focusing strictly on occupational health. Hours are Monday through Friday, y 7 am to 7 pm. Its mission is to build a healthy and productive workforce by establishing collaborative relationships with patients to reduce the risk for injuries and disease in the most costeffective way. Woodlake’s goal is to be a recognized expert on providing quality and accessible Occupational Health Services, treating patients with care, compassion and maintaining the individual’s health and well-being as priority. For more information about Woodlake Occupational Health, visit www.Woodlakeocchealth.com or call 708-919-9900.

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may 12-19 celebrating seniors week returns to oak Pa P rk, river Forest and Forest Pa P rk, Featuring inaugural scavenger hunt In mid-May, y Celebrating Seniors Week returns with dozens of events throughout Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park. Organized by the Celebrating Seniors Coalition, a not-for-profit group, the events from Thursday, y May 12 to Thursday, y May 19 will raise awareness of older adults’ value and impact while raising money for some older adults who are in financial need. This year,r after a two-year layoff because of the pandemic, the week’s marquee event is the inaugural Celebrating Seniors Scavenger Hunt. The brainchild of longtime volunteer Nick Preys, the hunt happens on Saturday, y May 14 and showcases over 60 of the cultural, civic and architectural gems in a onesquare-mile area of north Oak Park. The adventure begins and concludes outside The Beer Shop in Downtown Oak Park. First comers can arrive as early as 9 am., with walk-in registration available until 2 pm. On bicycle or on foot, individuals and teams of up to four people will track down the answers to questions that correspond to 60-plus locations designated on a specially-designed map. Those who are unable to participate on May 14 are encouraged to enter the leisure category and embark on the hunt on a subsequent, more convenient day. Other activities throughout not only Oak Park, but also River Forest and Forest Park, will span a variety of topics that are educational and/or entertaining. Among them: • ”Smart Aging: Using Our Brains to Thrive,“ at 2 pm on Thursday, y May 12 at the Forest Park Public Library, y 7555 Jackson Blvd. • A housing forum, ”Aging in Our Communities: Housing Affordability, y Accessibility and Possibilities.” Held on Saturday, y May 14, from 9 am to 1:30 pm at Concordia University Chicago, 7400 Augusta Street in River Forest. • A Golden Girls Trivia event at 2:30 pm on Tuesday, y May 17 at The Sheridan at River Forest, 800 N. Harlem Ave., where contestants have a chance to win the finest of Golden Girls swag. Photo booth props will also be available for picture taking, and light refreshments will be served. The full slate of scheduled events can be found at www.CelebratingSeniors.net. The Scavenger Hunt is $15 for individuals, $25 for couples, and $50 for teams of up to four people. All proceeds will go toward helping older adults in financial need. To register,r visit www.CelebratingSeniors.net or e-mail info@celebratingseniors.net. To see the Scavenger Hunt video, visit https://tinyurl.com/May14Hunt.

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village of hillside annual Breakfast honoring dr.r martin luther king Jr.r; v lunteers needed for Project uFo vo Friday, y May 6 is the last day to purchase tickets for the 20th annual Breakfast Honoring Dr.r Martin Luther King, Jr.r to be held at the Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 73 Union Hall, 4550 W. Roosevelt Road in Hillside on Saturday, y May 14 at 8:30 am. Hosted by the Village of Hillside, guest speaker will be Emanuel “Chris” Welch, 7th District State Representative and Speaker of the House. Tickets are $12 per person at the Village Hall, 425 Hillside Avenue. Seating is limited. Hillside’s Project UFO brings people together to beautify f the Village so gather friends and family and meet on May 21 at 10 am behind the Village Hall to head out in search of Unwanted Foreign Objects. Volunteers end the day with a free lunch provided by McDonald’s. Proviso to t wnship shredding event Proviso Township will host a shredding event on Saturday, y May 21 from 9 am until Noon at 4565 Harrison Street in Hillside. Limit four boxes per car.r elmwood Pa P rk Garden club meeting At the May 12 meeting of the Elmwood Park Garden Club, the speaker will be Tom Drebenstadt, President of the Galewood/Montclare Garden Club and a CAC Docent (Chicago Architecture Center). Meet in the Ferrentino Room of the Elmwood Park Library. Meetings begin at 6:30 pm. On Saturday, y May 14, a field trip is scheduled to Riis Park. For more info, call Donna at 847-361-1233. at our lady of mount carmel shrine/Pa P rish Celebration of the Feast of St. Peregrine. All cancer patients and survivors are invited to a special bilingual Mass and blessing on Friday, y May 6, 6:30 pm at the Shrine, 1101 N. 23rd Avenue in Melrose Park. Altar & Rosary Society Outdoor Rosary and Novena Reflection by Fr.r Leandro and Fr.r Ari venerating Our Lady of Fatima on Friday, y May 13 at 7 pm in the Our Lady of Mount Carmel courtyard. In case of rain, rosary will be said in the gym. Coffee and tea reception with sweet table will follow the novena. There is no charge but donations are welcome. Reservations are required. Call the office at 344-4140 or Linda Basili at 312-315-9554 to reserve your seat. The public is invited to a Unity Mass set for May 15 at 10:30 am to encourage people to come together during these challenging times. For details, call Frank at 773-307-7748 or Carlo at 708-217-1004. Feast of St. Rita Mass, Saturday, y May 21, 9 am.

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n summer Fun day a camP. P For ages 6-12, Monday through Friday. Session 1: June 6-June24; Session 2: June 27-July 15; Session 3: July 18-August 5. Fees must be paid in full one week prior to the start of each session. Hours and fees: 9 am to 4 pm ($300/$350). Before and after care, $65/$80. Camps offered at Grant Park in Northlake or Bulger Park in Melrose Park. n Poms camP. P Learn the latest in dance and poms routines. For ages 8-14 from 9 am to 4 pm, July 18-July 22. Fee is $200/$215. The week concludes with a rehearses performance for family and friends. Poms Camp will be held at Cimbalo Fitness Center,r 1203 N. 24th Avenue in Melrose Park.

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n Get yo y ur Pool Pa P sses! Located at 2400 Scott Street in Franklin Park (847-451-9396 or 708-343-5270). Resident $55. Non-Resident $70. Senior $35. n vPd swim academy. y For ages 6 and up. This six-level program will teach your child to develop their swimming skills and strokes. n Jr.r lifeguard Program. For ages 11-15. Want to become a lifeguard? This course will give basic knowledge in rescue and pool procedures. June 20-July 22 Mondays & Fridays 9:30-11:30am. $90/$100

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n Zumba. Class 1 is on Mondays and Class 2 is on Thursday. Ages 16 and up. Mondays, May 23-June 27; Thursdays, May 26-June 30, 6:30 pm. Fee is $40/$55. Sign up for BOTH Monday and Thursday classes and get a special rate: $70/$100. Classes at Cimbalo Fitness Center,r 1203 N. 24th Avenue in Melrose Park. n vinyasa yo y ga. Ages 16 and up on Sundays, May 22-June 26, 10 am. Fee is $40/$55. n yo y uth Fit (for kids). Ages 9-14, Mondays, May 23-June 27, 5 pm. Fee is $40/$55.

EARLY CHILDHOOD

n summer learn & Play Preschool. VPD is offering 5 sessions with full-day and half day options as well as before care service. Ages 3-5 from 9am-12pm or 9am-4pm Monday-Friday, y Tuesday & Thursdays or Monday/Wednesday/Friday. Before Care is from 8-9am and is available at an additional fee. Visit vpdpark.org for more information.

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n mother’s day Gift making (with parent). Ages 2-4 with parent from 3:30-4:15 pm or ages 3-6 without parent from 4:30-5:15 pm on Wednesday, y May 11. Fee is $15/$20. n Fa F ther’s day craft making (with parent). Ages 2-4 with parent from 3:30-4:15 pm or ages 3-6 without parent from 4:30-5:15 pm on Thursday, y June 9. Fee is $15/$20.

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n sports 101. Learn the basics of basketball, soccer,r floor hockey, y and T-ball. Ages 4-7 on Mondays, June 6-27 at 10-11am. Fee is $55/$70. Classes are held Grant Park 44 W. Golfv f iew Drive in Northlake. n sand vo v lleyball. Call to get all the details on this Friday afternoon fun and instructional program!

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memorial Pa P rk district. In-District rates apply to all residents of Bellwood, Hillside, Berkeley, y Melrose Park, Northlake and Stone Park. Contact Eisenhower Community Center front desk for more information on programs, events and classes at 547-3900, ext. 4. Pool Opening Info. Adventure Bay, y 639 N. Wolf Road in Hillside and Sharp Pool, 1609 N. 36th Avenue in Melrose Park, will officially open on Saturday, y June 11. Save and purchase pool passes by June 1st. Early price for a family of four (two adults per family) is $110 for in-district; after June 1st, price goes to $125. Out-of-district price is $164. Individual pool passes for residents, purchased by June 1st, is $45; after June 1st, $55. Out-of-district pool passes are $79. Those who are 17 and younger can go for the day for $6; $7 for adults age 18 and older.r On Thursdays, the fee is $3 for everyone. Enjoy summer fun at Memorial Park’s Spray Pad at Stevenson Park, 3101 Washington Boulevard in Bellwood. Spray Pad opens June 15 and is $2 per child. Chaperones 18 and over are admitted free. For more information in swim lessons for children and adults and water aerobics, visit www.mempark.org. Day Camp programs start June 6. The eight-week program is for children ages 6-12, Monday through Friday, y 9 am to 5 pm. Before and after care is available; fee is $135 per week per child. Week of July 4 is reduced to $110. Space is limited. Kiddie Kamp for ages 4-5 starts June 6 and meets Monday, y Wednesday and Friday from either 9 am to 1:15 pm or Noon to 4 pm. leyden to t wnship Programs and events Leyden Township Community Center,r 2620 N. Mannheim Road in Franklin Park, is open and invites area residents to take part in upcoming programs and events. For more information or to register for youth and adult programs, call 847-451-5144 or visit www.leydentownship.com. Leyden Community Garage Sale, May 21, 9 am to 3 pm at Westdale Park. To be a seller,r you must register at the Community Center; fee is $20/$25 per 10x10 space. Ta T bles are available to rent for $6. Concession stand will serve lunch from 11 am to 2 pm. For more details, call or stop in the Community Center.r 2022 Summer Camps start May 31 through August 5. Ask about Camp Westdale for Grades K-5; Counselors-in-Training for Grades 6-8; Summer Sizzle Camp for ages 3-6. Save the date: Car Show, w Friday, y June 17, 6 to 8:30 pm at Westdale Park, 3045 Sandra in Melrose Park. To register,r call Bobbie Jeske at 847-451-5144.

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Berkeley Public library. y Located at 1637 N. Ta T ft Avenue; call 708-544-6017 or visit the website at www.berkeleypl.org. For more program info, stop in, visit the website or follow on Facebook. SPRING EVENTS: Butterfly Release, Saturday, y May 14, 10:30 am. Meet on the south lawn for a story, y craft and butterfly release party. Encanto Craft and Movie, Saturday, y May 21, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. Do a fun craft and watch “Encanto” at 1 pm. Register.r Adult Book Club, May 11, 6:30 to 7:45 pm. Adult Bingo, May 9, 1 to 2 pm. Fun and prizes. After-School at the library all month, 3:30 to 5:30 pm. Create Club, May 20, 4 to 5 pm. For teens and tweens. Ages 10-18. Registration requested. Homeschool Connections (Te T en). May 10, 1 to 2:30 pm. Dress to get messy. Ages 12 and up. Senior Monday, y May 23, 10:30 am to Noon. Listen to a speaker,r play a brain game or just enjoy conversation/refreshments. Storytime, begins May 4, 10:30 to 11:30 am. For pre- and early readers every Wednesday. T a and Mystery, Te y May 13, 10:30 am to 12:45 pm. Movie and refreshments. For adults. T Bellwood Public library. y Located at 600 S. Bohland Avenue; call 547-7393, ext. 4 to register or visit www.bellwoodlibrary.org. Registration is required for most programs, in-person and virtual. T ke & Make Kit: Cloud-Shaped Photo Holder.r All Month. Pick it Ta up in the adult services area. All supplies included. Family Heirloom Recipes from the Illinois State Fair (In-person). Tuesday, y May, y 9, 6:30 pm. Ta T lk about some of Illinois’ best 50-year old recipes and their unique stories. Bring in your own family heirloom recipe to share. Bring Your Device Day (In-person). Tuesday, y May 10. By appointment between 11:30 am and 6 pm. Get help with your phone, laptop or iPad/tablet from a specialist in the technology department. Register on the library website. West Suburban Cook County American Jobs Center (In-person). Tuesday, y May 17, 6:30 pm. Learn about resources, training, internships and more at no cost to eligible individuals. NAMI Mental Health Discussion (In-person). Tuesday, y May 24, 5 pm. Learn how NAMI can help with anxiety and depression. Chair Yoga, Wednesday mornings, 11 am to Noon. Register.r Yoga with Rhonda, Thursday, y evenings, 6 pm. Virtual classes on May 5 and 12. Ages 14 and up. Zumba with LaToya on Saturdays, 10 to 11 am. 14 and up. Limit 15. elmwood Pa P rk Public library. y Located at 1 Conti Parkway, y call 453-7645 or visit the website at www.elmwoodparklibrary.org. Everyone must wear a face mask during in-person programs, including staff and attendees ages 3 and up. Connect with the Elmwood Park Public Library on their Facebook, Tw T itter and Instagram accounts. KidsRead. Thursday, y May 5, 4 to 4:45 pm, grades K-2. Must register.r Book club for kids beginning to read with games, activities and crafts. Librarian will read the first chapter then kids can check out a copy of the book to read at home. Elmwood Park Library continues on page 26

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The Hillside Public Library invites area residents to take advantage g of the upcoming AARP Driver Safety Class on Tuesday and Wednesday, y Mayy 24 and 26, 6 10 am to 2 pm. Not jjust for seniors, s it’s ’ the nation’s ’ largest driving refresher course. The 2-dayy course is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Register today!

fun, informative activities authors • answers elmwood Pa P rk Public library continued Improving Overall Health with Energy Medicine. Thursday, y May 5, 7 to 8:30 pm for adults. Must register.r Hybrid program. Preschool Conversation Hour.r Friday, y May 13, 11 am to Noon. For ages 3-5 with caregiver just drop-in. Fun activities for preschoolers to practice conversation skills. PNG: TinkerCAD & 3D Printing (4-part class). May 17, 19, 24 and 26 from 4 to 5 pm. Grades 6-12. Must register.r Learn to create 3D models and print them out on the 3D printer.r Learn the basics of 3D design and how to use the Tinkercad.com. Tuesday Night Book Discussion. May 17, 7 to 8:30 pm for adults. Drop-in. Copies of the book are available at the Adult Services Desk. Laser Art: Ke K ychains. Wednesday, y May 18, 4 to 5 pm. Grades 3-6. Must register.r Learn how to design a keychain in the PNG lab and have it printed with GlowForge. Butterfly Story Time. Thursday, y May 19, 4 to 4:45 pm, Grades K-2. Must register.r Learn about the butterfly life cycle and make a craft. Virtual MidKids Read: Wednesday, y May 25, 4 to 4:45 pm for grades 3-6, sign up required. Pick up a copy of this month’s graphic novel, Secrets of Camp Whatever by Chris Grine and a snack at the Kids & Te T ens Desk. Read the book and discuss it via Zoom with others. Franklin Pa P rk Public library. y Located at 10311 Grand Avenue in Franklin Park, call 847-455-6016 or visit www.fppld.org. Unless otherwise noted, registration is required for all programs. Grab-n-Go & Ta T ke-Home Kits. Kits for kids of all ages are available every two weeks. There are even kits for teens and adults. Details about kits can be found on the website. All kits are available on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last. Knights of the Square Ta T ble Chess Club. Grades 3 and up. Mondays, May 2 and 16, 5 to 6:30 pm. T i Chi for adults, Tuesdays, May 3 and 17, 6 to 7 pm. Must Ta register for the Zoom link. Quilt & Sew Club. Wednesday, y May 4, 10 am to Noon. Chair Yoga, Mondays, May 9 and 23, 3 to 4 pm. Must register for the Zoom link or participate by phone. Adults. Storytimes. Sunrise for ages 0-3 with caregiver Fridays, 10:15 to 10:45 am. Saturday Storytime, May 14, 10:30 to 11 am for ages 0-5. PJ Storytime (PJs not required), ages 0-5 with caregiver,r Monday, y May 16, 6 to 6:30 pm.

Friday Flicks. “King Richard” (PG-13) on Friday, y May 20, 1 to 3:30 pm. Adult Crafternoons. Meet once each month. All supplies provided. Dress to get messy. Limit 20. Must register.r Wednesday, y May 25, from 3 to 4 pm. Anime Club, Grades 6-12, May 25, 4:45 to 6 pm. Pokemon Fan Club, Grades 3-12, May 26, 4:15 to 5:15 pm. Retro REVIVE. Ta T ke apart retro gaming consoles to conduct basic cleaning and problem-solving. Grades 6-12. May 31, 3 to 4:30 pm. hillside Public library. y Located at 405 Hillside Avenue, call 449-7510 or visit www.hillsidelibrary.org. Follow the Library on Facebook, Instagram and Tw T itter for the most up-to-date happenings. Register for programs unless otherwise noted. Adult Book Discussion, First Wednesday of the month at 2 pm. May 4: “We Never Asked For Wings” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. Visitors and new members are always welcome. Mixed Stitchers, Thursdays, 6 to 7:30 pm. Drop-in with any project (knit, crochet, embroidery, y or any needlework). 2-Day AARP Driver Safety Class. Tuesday and Wednesday, y May 24 and 25, 10 am to 2 pm. The AARP Smart Driver™ Course is the nation’s largest driving refresher course and is open to people of all ages, not just retirees. The classroom course is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Star Wars Celebration, Wednesday, y May 4, 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Celebrate with stories, crafts and coloring. All ages welcome. Value Line. Use your library card to access ranks and ratings for more than 90% of all stocks on U.S. exchanges. Make the most of your investment with access to research, data, and expert analysis. Need some help getting started? Drop-in to speak to one of our friendly librarians. northlake Public library. y 231 N. Wolf Road in Northlake. Call 562-2301 or visit the website at www.northlakelibrary.org. Register for most programs online or call the Library. Kitchen Basics! Facebook Live. Te T chniques designed to help home cooks of all skill levels. Wednesday, y May 18, 7 pm: Cocktail Basics. Virtual Cookbook Book Club. The Library will pick a cookbook and recipe and you’ll follow the demonstration on Facebook Live! Books available at second floor Reference Desk. Thursday, y May 26, 7 pm.

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The River Forest Public Library invites you to a virtual evening with author and musician Michelle Zauner to discuss her best-sellingg memoir “Crying in H Mart) on Wednesday, y May 18, 8 7 to 8:30 pm. Joining the conversation will be Chicago author,r editor,r critic and producer Jessica Hopper.r Visit the website or call to register.r

fun, informative activities authors • answers northlake library continued Mother’s Day Craft. Saturday, y May 7. All ages. Make a homemade gift for mom or grandma. Limit 15. Call 562-2301, ext. 6 to register.r Seniors: Spring Into Fitness. Join the Library on Tuesdays in May, y 2 to 3 pm (weather permitting) to walk, socialize and enjoy the outdoors. Pedometers will be provided to track your steps each week. FOR TEENS Snacks and Studying. May 8-May 12, 3 to 6 pm. Ta T ke advantage of the quiet library to study. Snacks and drinks provided. For ages 13-18. T en Craft Nights. Ages 13-18. Thursday, Te y May 12, 6 pm. Graduation Cap Decorating. Once a month in the second floor meeting room. Summer Reading Kickoff Party. Celebrate the beginning of the program with food provided by Yum Dum Truck, paletas from Las Michoacanas, a bounce house, cotton candy, y prizes and more on Saturday, y June 4, 1 to 3 pm. river Forest Public library. y 735 Lathrop, River Forest. Visit the website at www.riverforestlibrary.org for updates and virtual programs. Get fast access by following the Library on Facebook and Instagram and subscribe to the Library’s YouTube channel for storytimes and more. Questions? Staff is ready to chat online. Virtual Story Time, Birth to 5 years. Tuesdays, May 3, 10 and 17 from 10 to 10:30 am live on the Library’s YouTube channel. Great Decisions for Adults. Wednesday, y May 4 and May 18, 1 to 2:30 pm. Stop at the Library to pick up a copy of the article for this week’s discussion. Explore 9 issues over 9 sessions. Attend all 9 sessions in the series or come to individual sessions of interest. In partnership with The League of Women Voters of OPRF.F May 4 topic is Industrial Policy. May 18 topic is Drug Policy in Latin America. Evening Book Club. Wednesday, y May 4, 7 to 8 pm. Meet in the library meeting room. Books are available from the Circulation Desk one month before the discussion date. This month: “A Woman of No Importance” by Sonia Purnell. Toddler Time, 18 months-3 years with caregiver.r Thursdays, May 5, 12 and 19, 10 to 10:30 am. Stories and songs. Advanced registration is required. Family Fun Night Bag for ages 2-10. Pick up a bag of fun activities to do together at home during the weekend. This month’s theme is Superheroes. Register for 1 bag per family and pick up at the library between May 6-9.

Family Story Time, Birth to 6 years with caregiver.r Friday, y May 6, 13 and 20, 10 to 10:30 am. Stories and songs. Must register in advance. Pajama Story Time, ages 2-7 years with caregiver.r Get cozy with your family and your favorite stuffed animal on Monday, y May 9, from 6:30 to 7 pm. Register in advance. Springtime Doll TTea Party Picnic, Grades K-4. Saturday, y May 14, 2 to 3 pm. Bring your favorite doll and join library staff in the garden for a tea party picnic with stories, activities and more. Advanced registration is required. Why Mindfulness Matters. For adults. Mindfulness coach Chris George provides an introduction to this therapeutic practice, offering an overview of what mindfulness is, and teaching simple strategies to help us be more present and connected in our lives. The program will blend information with guided meditation. Brought to you in partnership with the River Forest Township as part of Celebrating Seniors Week. Adult Coloring Club. Monday, y May 16, 10 to 11 am. Studies have shown that coloring has mental health benefits for adults. It’s relaxing, fun and an opportunity to socialize at the library. All materials provided. In Partnership with River Forest Township. Virtual Memory Cafe. A welcoming place for individuals living with memory changes along with their families and friends. Join the conversation in an informal setting. Sponsored by Senior Services of Oak Park and River Forest Township with support from the River Forest Public Library and Oak Park Public Library. Register for the Zoom link. Tuesday, y May 17, 2 to 4 pm. Live Virtual Evening with Michelle Zauner.r For adults. Wednesday, y May 18, 7 to 8:30 pm. An evening with author and musician Michelle Zauner to discuss her best-selling memoir “Crying in H Mart” and more. Chicago author,r editor,r critic and producer Jessica Hopper will join her in conversation. Registration required. Film Lover Fridays for Adults. This season features Westerns. On Friday, y May 20, Noon to 2:30 pm, watch “Stagecoach (1939).” Light refreshments served. In partnership with River Forest Township. Virtual Youth Yoga for Grades K-4. Monthly yoga wellness for kids. Bring your own yoga mat or towel to use. Must register in advance for the Zoom link. Thursday, y May 26, 3:45 to 4:30 pm. Craft Together.r Friday, y May 27, 10 to 10:45 am for ages 2-5 with grownups. Advance registration required. This month: Tissue Paper Painting.

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Associazione Regionale Campania, Circolo di Chicago, will host an art workshop at 3 pm on May 15 in the Banquet Center at Casa Italia, 3800 Division in Stone Park. Budding Botticellis need only bring their desire to create. Brushes, acrylic paints and canvases will be provided and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Local artist and ARC President Filippo Aliperta will give a demonstration and offer advice where needed. “All you have to do is choose a subject and have fun,” Aliperta says. Reservations are required. Call 708-277-5819.

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Casa Italia will screen “Permette? Rocco Papaleo” at 7:15 pm on May 6 in the Florentine Room of the Italian Cultural Center,r 1621 N. 39th Avenue, Stone Park. Starring Marcello Mastroianni and Lauren Hutton, the Italian dramedy follows a kind man from a mining town in Alaska who is separated from his travelling companions in Chicago and becomes increasingly disillusioned by the harsh realities he encounters. The movie will be presented in English with Italian subtitles. Refreshments will be provided. Admission is free but good will donations are encouraged. Museum tours will be conducted from 6-7 p.m. For details, send an email to: casaitalialibrary-aaweiss@yahoo.com.

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IA Literati 2022 —Casa Italia’s 18th annual celebration of local Italian-American authors — will run from 9:30 am to 2 pm on May 21 in the Florentine Room of the Italian Cultural Center in Stone Park. Book sales, signings, raffles and a meet-and-greet with the authors will take place at 9:30 am. Authors will read from their works starting at 10 am. Local scribes Peter Pero and Arthur Cola have already signed on, and additional writers are being sought. Admission is free, but reservations and free-will donations are encouraged. To participate as a writer or to make reservations to attend, contact casaitaliachicagoaaweiss@yahoo.com.

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AMAZON CHOOSES TRITON Fre r e tuition program fo f r Amazon employ oyees TRITON DONATIONS F r Ukraine Fo

Triton College students and staff collected donations for Ukraine from March 2-11. Tw T elve carloads full of supplies were donated to Ukraine Aid and Rebuilding Fund Inc. Triton counselor Leslie Wester said students collected first aid supplies, gloves, hats, scarves, flashlights, diapers, blankets and medical supplies, among other products. She explained that many students have direct ties to Ukraine and wanted to help. “Some students have immigrated to the United States from Ukraine or Eastern European countries directly, y” Wester explained. Triton’s Counseling Department partnered with TRiO Student Support Services, Student Life, Triton College Student Association (TCSA) and Phi Theta Kappa to collect donations. Wester said they received additional help from the academic Engineering Department in the T Building. “Meest-Karpaty, y a local shipping company, y was a donation site to ship items directly to Ukraine,” Wester said. “We also donated monetary gifts through Together Rising.” Going forward, Wester said the Counseling Department will continue to offer support to students struggling with the impact of the war.r Anyone who would like to donate is encouraged to visit togetherrising.org or ukraineaidandrebuildingfundinc.com. For more information, send an email to lesliewester@triton.edu or call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3257.

Megacompany Amazon announced in the fall of 2021 that they were going to invest $1.2 billion in their over 750,000 employees—to attend college. The Career Choice Program is a free tuition initiative that allows employees working for Amazon to attend college for free. Employees are able to choose from 180 colleges across the country that Amazon has selected for the program. Employees can be accepted into the school of their choice based on the school’s qualifications. Triton College is now one of the several Illinois colleges selected for the Career Choice Program, according to Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Jodi Ko K slow-Martin. “Amazon employees will be able to continue working for Amazon while learning the skills for their next career,r” she said. Those who wish to participate need to be an hourly Amazon employee and have to be with Amazon for three months. Unlike many other scholarship or tuition reimbursement programs, Amazon pays for all of the educational costs up front. “Amazon employees should check Triton’s website or talk to a Triton academic advisor if they’re interested in the Career Choice Program,” Ko K slow-Martin said. “We have information on our website.” For more information, contact brandonmarks@triton.edu.

TRITON MOURNS LOSS OF CRAIG LYNCH Blind radio sports dire r ctor at WRR R G 88.9

Former Triton College employee Craig Ly L nch passed away in March at the age of 72. Despite the fact that he was blind, Ly L nch worked as the radio sports director during the ‘80s and early ‘90s for WRRG 88.9. “As the sports director,r Craig would cover high school sports in the area as well as Triton games,” said Tim McKinney, y Triton’s sports information specialist and a friend to L nch for over 26 years. “I started working at WRRG and Craig was out in the field Ly reporting,” McKinney said. “We first met covering a football game at Holy Cross High School. From there, we developed a long friendship.” Many people feel that what made L nch so unique was that he was blind. “Craig could cover a game better than many Ly people who had sight,” McKinney said. “That’s how talented he was at his job.” Besides Triton sports, Ly L nch covered sports at Northwestern and DePaul universities and did radio reports on the Chicago Cubs for downstate stations. Ly L nch resided in the Dunning neighborhood of Chicago. Although visually impaired, he was very independent. He would often use Dial-a-Ride to get to sporting events. McKinney noted that Ly L nch felt particularly “at home” in the press box at Wrigley Field. McKinney noted that Ly L nch was one of the “kindest” people he’s ever known. “There was nobody else like him,” he said.

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NEIGHBORS AdAMs, Michael D., 69, of Oak Park. Husband of Gina Adams (nee Reyes); father of Kimberly D. Adams, Michael Adams, Jake Adams and the late Mark Anthony Adams; grandfather of Vincent Rodriguez and Emily Adams; brother of the late Mark Adams and the late Julie Adams. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. AyALA, Jose M. Son of Carmelo and Felicitas Ayala; brother of Mayra (Vaughn) Damron and Rocio Ayala; uncle, cousin and friend of many. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. h BENNEtt, Richard “Dick.” Veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Owner of Benster Welding, creator of Weldcoa and inventor. Husband of the late Irene; father of Lynda, Christine and Robert (Dawn); grandfather of James, Forrest, Jeremiah, Summer, Sarah, Gracie, Nina (Andy), Jacob (Ashley); great-grandfather of Kaitlyn, Asher, Cameron, Hunter, Brantley, Merrily and Liam; brother of George (late Joan); un cle and friend of many. Arrangements by Northlake Funeral Home, 140 E. North Avenue, Northlake. BErriEr, Randy I., 44, of Melrose Park. Son of Richard and Deborah Berrier; significant other of Crystal Sanchez; brother of Kimberly (Anthony) Dorsch, Robert (Lucy) Berrier, Dawn Kida, Rosemary (Richard) Zingg, Sandra (Tyrisse) Berrier, Arlene (Eric) Torres, Richard (Monika) Berrier and the late Richard Berrier Jr.; uncle, nephew, cousin and friend of many. Arrangement s by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. BONsONtO, Grace L. Wife of the late Michael; mother of Elizabeth "Betty" (Joseph) Aiello, Judith “Judy” (Peter H.) Ferretti, Loretta "Lori" (Edward Jr.) Nieves, Michele (Walter) Stevenson; grandmother of 12; great-grandmother of 21; great-great-grandmother of one; sister of the late Guy (the late Yola) and the late Joseph (the late Wanda); cousin and friend of many. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. BuschEr, Linda Kay, nee Rankin, 73, of Oak Park. Wife of the late Terry J. Buscher; mother of Jennifer Lyn (Alex Pearl) Buscher, Christopher Brian Buscher, Daniel Joseph Buscher, and Catherine Jean Buscher; grandmother of Brandon Terrance Buscher, Ryan Nicholas Buscher, Alexandra Catherine Pearl, Logan Gerald Pearl, Christopher Anthony Buscher, and Lynette Imogene Buscher; sister of Patricia (the late Rodger) Warren, Deborah (Ro dney) Harmon, and the late Charles Rankin; aunt and friend of many. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. h ButLEr, Lloyd Jr. Arrangements by Northlake Funeral Home, 140 E. North Avenue, Northlake. cABrAL, Miguel Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. cErritOs, Maria “Lupe,” 34, of Hillside. Wife of Juan; mother of Katherine, Ethan and Frosty; daughter of Martin and Pilar Gaeta; sister of Mariana (Eddie), Patricia (Jorge) and Veronica (Oscar); daughter-in-law of Aurelian and Belen; sister-in-law of Irene, Leticia (Alfredo), Luis (Cinthia), Carlos, Maria de Jesus, Silvia, Erica and Angel; aunt, niece, cousin and friend of many. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. chAcKO, Jacob. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park.

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cOcONAt A O, O Patricia Ann, nee Walski, of Westchester.r Wife of Nicholas Coconato; mother of Jennifer (Rocco) Martino and Phillip (Angela) Coconato; grandmother of Noelle Coconato, Vincenza Martino, and Phillip Coconato; aunt, cousin and friend of many. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. cOLEMAN, Glenn E. Jr.r “NuNu,” 19, of Maywood. Son of Glenn E. Coleman, Sr (Ivy) and Sabrina Newsome; grandson of the late Glenn and Charline Coleman; brother of Shan’Tiera Richardson, Armond Watson and Alex Watson. Dear Uncle of Christopher Calhoun, Jr,r and Quinn Hargrove, Jr.r Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. cOsENtiNO, O Michele “Mike,” 55. Husband of Anna, nee Petryszak; father of Sydney; son of Serafina and the late Michele; brother of Roy (Maria); son-in-law of Jerry and Janina Petryszak; friend of many. Arrangements by Northlake Funeral Home, 140 E. North Avenue, Northlake. h fA f ziO, O Joseph "Joe." Veteran of the U.S. Army. Husband of Anna, nee Abbatecola; father of John (Jill) and Joanna (Andrew) Lazzara; grandfather of Isabella, Hannah, Matteo and Fiona; brother of Connie (the late Tony) Di Maria, Dominick (Norma), Josephine (the late Gino) Saverino, Mary (Andrew) Szaczawinski, the late Sarah and Vincenzo Mazzola and the late Sally Nitkiewicz. Proud member of the Grand and Ogden Mens' Club. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. hOLt Lt, Jamie Jerell “Jrock.” Son of the late Robert Lee Holt Sr.r and Jettie B. Holt; brother of Michael Lee Holt, Robert Lee Holt and Willie Q. Holt, Sharon S. Holt, Inger G. (Tony) Brister,r Lasandra (Jerry) Holt, Molanda U. Johnson and Yolanda S. Harrington; special friend of Willie Embrey; uncle, cousin and friend of many. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. jOhNsON, Rose Marie. Mother of Netricia Johnson Smith (Jeffrey), Michael Johnson; grandmother of eight; great-grandmother of nine; sister of Diane Pitts and Felton Johnson; daughter of Robert Williams Jr.r; paternal sibling of Ramona Williams, Te T rry Williams, Sam Williams, Maurice Porter; aunt, niece, cousin and friend of many. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. jOsEph, Aleyamma. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. KAtsOOLiAs, Bill. Husband of Pat, nee Giuffre; father of Sara KA Spahn and Bill (Maria) Katsoolias; grandfather of Anthony, y Alexandra and Robert Francis "Trey"; brother of Elaine (Angelo) Sellis, John (Joanne) Katsoolias, Alex (Donna) Katsoolias and the late Dolly (George) Damos, late Ernie (late Joan) Katsoolias, late Georgia (Te T d) Kanelos, the late Effie (Steve) Tsoronis, the late Theodore Katsoolias, the late Sam Katsoolias, and the late Jeanie Harrison. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. KAWAhArA, Danny. Son of Daniel and Suzanne “Sue” KA Kawahara; brother of Danielle (Will) Nelson; grandson of Ike “Mano” Kawahara, Marion Lavenu, the late Pauline (the late Frank) Kawahara-Enoki, the late Ernie Lavenu; father of Freedom; friend of many. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. Notices continue on page 38

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